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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Part Two: We Just Can't Predict, Chapter 12: Epistemocracy, a Dream; Chapter 13: Appelles the Painter, or What Do You Do if You Cannot Predict? Summary & Analysis

Nassim Taleb
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Part Two: We Just Can't Predict, Chapter 12: Epistemocracy, a Dream; Chapter 13: Appelles the Painter, or What Do You Do if You Cannot Predict? Summary and Analysis

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In Chapter 12 Taleb described his idea of utopia as an epistemocracy in which the fundamental idea was to run the society from a basic awareness of ignorance instead of knowledge. He restated in different forms the trouble with our conceptions that have been mistaken for knowledge and brought out the observation that a forward process is easier than a backward process. The analogy used was predicting the shape of a puddle that would form from a melting ice cube (predictive) versus determining what kind of ice cube formed a puddle, if a melting ice cube was...

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